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Half-truths and Falsehoods in PBS Series Inside Putin’s Russia

Half-truths and Falsehoods in PBS Series Inside Putin’s Russia

The US government-supported Public Broadcasting System (PBS) recently ran a five part series dubbed Inside Putin’s Russia.  With a different theme each night, it purports to give a realistic look at Russia today. The image conveyed is of a Russia that is undemocratic with widespread state repression, violence and propaganda. Following are significant distortions and falsehoods in the five part documentary.
Episode 1: “How Putin Redefined what it means to be Russian”
In this episode, the documentary:
(a) Claims that Russian identity is based on “projection of power”.
In reality, “projection of power” characterizes the US much more than Russia. For the past two centuries the United States has expanded across the continent and globe. The last century is documented in the book Overthrow: American’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. The US currently has nearly 800 foreign military bases in over 70 countries. In contrast, Russia has military bases in only two countries beyond the former Soviet Union: Syria and Vietnam.
(b) Ignores crucial information about events in Ukraine.
Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine and Crimea are presented as examples of “projection of power”. However, basic facts are omitted from the documentary. There is no mention of the violent February 2014 coup in Kiev nor the involvement of neoconservatives such as Sen McCain and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. In a December 2013 speech, Nuland outlined her intense involvement in Ukraine including US “requirements” that Ukraine choose a “European future” since the US had “invested $5 billion to assist”. Days before the coup in February 2014 Nuland was captured on audio planning the composition of the coup leadership.
(c) Ignores Crimea’s historic connections with Russia and Ukrainian violence.
The documentary says: “In 2014 in Crimea, Russia helped install separatist leaders who rushed through a referendum that led to Crimea’s annexation.” This gives the misleading impression that the ...
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Pakistan braces for Panama Papers verdict on PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan braces for Panama Papers verdict on PM Nawaz Sharif

The verdict is the peak of a drama that has divided the nation and could see the PM disqualified.
Source: Pakistan braces for Panama Papers verdict on PM Nawaz Sharif
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Meet Afghanistan's Top Guns

Meet Afghanistan's Top Guns

A new generation of Afghan fighter pilots are starting to fly missions against the Taliban.
Source: Meet Afghanistan's Top Guns
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Max Keiser: 'New anti-Russia sanctions are economic suicide for America'

Max Keiser: 'New anti-Russia sanctions are economic suicide for America'

Additional sanctions on Russia may make the American economy suffer greatly, says Max Keiser, host of RT's Keiser Report. Germany is not going to go along with the sanctions; they are just pushing Germany into the arms of Russia, he adds.

The EU has voiced alarm over the latest anti-Russia sanctions bill, passed by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday. The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warned the new measures could harm energy security on the continent.

The trade restrictions against Russia were included in a bill, which also counters so-called aggression from Iran and North Korea.

If President Donald Trump approves the US sanctions, they will punish companies with ties to Russia's energy sector.

Source: Max Keiser: 'New anti-Russia sanctions are economic suicide for America'
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Trump's chief of staff in tight spot

Trump's chief of staff in tight spot

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have little left of his job but his title.

Source: Trump's chief of staff in tight spot
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U.K. police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

U.K. police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

British police said Thursday they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect that local authorities may have committed corporate manslaughter in a deadly high-rise fire in London.

Source: U.K. police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire
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HPE CEO Meg Whitman just publicly took herself out of the running to be Uber's new boss (HPE)

HPE CEO Meg Whitman just publicly took herself out of the running to be Uber's new boss (HPE)

Scratch one name off the list for Uber's CEO search.


Meg Whitman, the CEO of HPE who has been reported to be among the final candidates in the running to lead Uber, said on Thursday that she is not planning to change jobs.


"I am not going anywhere," Whitman tweeted. "Uber's CEO will not be Meg Whitman," she added in one of a series of tweets, describing the reports of her candidacy for the Uber CEO job as a "distraction."

NOW WATCH: JIM ROGERS: The worst crash in our lifetime is coming


Source: HPE CEO Meg Whitman just publicly took herself out of the running to be Uber's new boss (HPE)
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'A toxic prescription': America's largest group of doctors unloads on the GOP 'skinny bill'

'A toxic prescription': America's largest group of doctors unloads on the GOP 'skinny bill'

Mitch McConnell is resorting to a "skinny repeal" plan, and the AMA isn't a fan.
Source: 'A toxic prescription': America's largest group of doctors unloads on the GOP 'skinny bill'
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The Trump Revolution Devouring Its Own Children

The Trump Revolution Devouring Its Own Children

Die Revolution ist wie Saturn, sie frißt ihre eignen Kinder. (Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.)
— Georg Büchner (1813–1837), German dramatist, revolutionary
This well known pronouncement occurs in the German dramatist’s play Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death), and refers to the rapid destruction of a succession of leaders of the French Revolution:  Jean-Paul Marat, assassinated in his bathtub in 1793; Georges Danton, guillotined in April 1794;  Maximilien Robespierre, executed in July 1794. It is sometimes applied to the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and the destruction of Grigory Zinoviev (executed 1936), Lev Kamenev (executed 1936), Nikolai Bukharin (executed 1938), Leon Trotsky (assassinated in exile, 1940), etc. Or it’s applied to the Chinese Revolution, and the political fates of Peng Dehuai, Liu Shaoqi, Lin Biao, Deng Xiaoping, etc. (These were not executed but merely purged; Lin was shot down over Mongolia in 1971 as he tried to flee to the Soviet Union.)
It’s too big and dramatic a concept to apply to the electoral triumph of Donald Trump (surely not a “revolution” in a world-historical sense but nevertheless a shock to the world) and its pathetic aftermath. Still, the passage keeps occurring to me as I observe the new president’s already conspicuous penchant for humiliating, insulting and dismissing his subordinates. Having no party apparatus firmly behind him, he sees himself as the leader of a mass movement whose dreams are embodied in his person, empowering him to act recklessly. The sudden announcement via tweet that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender people to serve, throwing the Pentagon, which has unproblematically implemented the new rules has thousands of transgender people in uniform, into consternation. (Surely there are generals who agree with Trump, and they love the free license he gives them to bomb Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria using their own discretion—because they are “wonderful”—but they may find it disturbing that the man makes these announcements without real ...
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One pending Michigan court case could prove to be an explosive test of religious liberty in the US

One pending Michigan court case could prove to be an explosive test of religious liberty in the US

The trial is set for October.
Source: One pending Michigan court case could prove to be an explosive test of religious liberty in the US
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Trial for two female suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing set for October 2

Trial for two female suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing set for October 2

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, are charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Source: Trial for two female suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing set for October 2
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Sea cave preserves 5 000-year snapshot of tsunamis

Sea cave preserves 5 000-year snapshot of tsunamis

An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world's most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5 000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for the first time how little is known about when earthquakes trigger massive...... Read more »
Source: Sea cave preserves 5 000-year snapshot of tsunamis
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